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Jose Canseco signs with independent league team, homers in first at-bat

Aug 17, 2010, 1:19 PM EST

After taking to Twitter last week to complain (and put forth conspiracy theories) about being evicted from his apartment Jose Canseco signed with the Laredo Broncos of the independent United League Baseball and homered in his first at-bat.
Canseco came off the bench as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning last night and smacked a three-run homer in a 16-8 win. He batted again in the eighth inning and grounded into a double play.
Laredo has six games remaining this season and the 46-year-old former MVP plans to serve as a designated hitter/bench coach while also pitching.
In the Associated Press story about his Laredo debut UBL president Byron Pierce called Canseco’s appearance “one of the highlights of our league” because “this isn’t something that happens every day” and “we’re happier than heck to have him here.”
True, perhaps. Sad, definitely.

  1. RickyB - Aug 17, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    I can’t believe Byron Pierce is still going on with the newest iteration of that league. I played in the Texas-Louisiana League back in 1994-96 and he was the president then. This is back when J.D. Drew, Jack Morris and Darryl Strawberry would play in the Northern League and help that league become the most renowned of the indy leagues. Perhaps ol’ Byron is trying to take a page out of that book …

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